A recent survey from Robert Half, a global staffing firm, found that 47 percent of professionals say their organization provides remote work options. Of those, 70 percent work from home, and six percent work elsewhere, like a coffee shop. The survey also found that remote work opportunities are on the rise, as 56 percent of managers have increased remote work in the past three years. Finally, of the employees who choose to work in the office, 39 percent say that inadequate technology is the barrier.
The upshot of this information is that remote work is a desirable work benefit, and might be an attraction and retention tool. Employers should evaluate current remote work options. Some factors to consider are organizational culture, fit with the job, fit with the employee, and technological infrastructure. It is important to understand what impact having more employees work from home will have on the employees who choose to work in the office. Ask yourself, do you have the technology for a) secure remote work, and b) collaboration and communication. Finally, if you choose to offer remote work for non-exempt employees, be sure you can track time so you can pay for all hours worked including any overtime earned.
Work-life balance is more important to employees than ever. One could even look at it as just being sure all parts of life are in balance, both work and personal. Remote work can help workers find that balance, which allows employers to attract and retain top performers.